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The diverse heritage meanings of colonial infrastructure in postcolonial cities

Zuiderveen, R.M. (2012) The diverse heritage meanings of colonial infrastructure in postcolonial cities. Master thesis.


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The lived experience of residents in postcolonial cities provides understanding of these distinctive cultural landscapes as colonial heritage is often contested. Heritage conservation policies are implemented and change the sense of place but the meanings assigned by officials differ from those of residents. Using qualitative methods, this case study shows that residual colonial infrastructure has layered heritage meanings. Heritage meanings are related to national identity and personal memories connected to colonial infrastructure. The link between the colonial infrastructure and the colonial period has faded; new functions have altered the meanings of these places. Residual colonial heritage important to the new identity is linked to symbols and heroes of independence. What was once part of the colonizing other is now part of the unifying identity of their new nation.

Item Type: Thesis (Master)
Degree programme: Cultural Geography
Supervisor: Vanclay, Prof. dr. F.
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2020 05:34
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2020 05:34

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